Let’s face it, “Because I said so” isn’t the strongest of parenting techniques.
Sure, it may work in the moment, but when it comes to teaching our children lifelong lessons and conveying moral values, it falls remarkably short.
Proverbs 6:23 instructs us to…
…train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.
As parents, we often teeter that fine line between disciplinarian and softy.
In one instance, we can’t imagine ever getting mad at that precious baby we gave birth to and in another, we need someone to step in for us so we don’t lose our minds.
Similarly, we can’t simply tell our kids to believe in Jesus and expect them to follow suit.
Sure, they may dutifully believe, attend church with you, and even memorize verses, but what happens once they move out from under your roof?
If they haven’t internalized that belief to the point that it’s transcended from religion to relationship, chances are Jesus will remain nothing but a storybook figure in their minds.
So what’s a parent to do?
Instead of forcing the Bible into our kids and hoping they become a Jesus follower as a result, let’s demonstrate the love Jesus has shown us so that they seek out more of Him in the Bible and in their own lives.
Kids can sometimes mistake the Bible as a rule book and thus, miss not only the moral training behind His words, but more importantly, miss the love that inspired them.
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Sami Cone: Sami Cone, known as the “Frugal Mom” on Nashville’s top-rated talk show, “Talk of the Town” and as the “Savings Expert” on Fox 17 TN Mornings is a blogger, radio host & TV correspondent mentoring others to live their dream life on less and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Listeners also can find her on the nationally syndicated “Family Friendly Morning Show with Doug & Jaci Velasquez” and co-hosting Nashville’s “Discount Shopping Club LIVE!.” Sami is proud to call Nashville home with her husband of ten years, Rick, and their two children (a daughter & son) who are 19 months apart. Follow Sami and her fabulously frugal family adventures on her blog.